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8 things to do and see in Port of Barcelona area.

The maritime port of Barcelona dates from the 4AD. The port was active as a crucial frontier trading post throughout the Middle Ages because of its location on the border between Muslim southern Spain and North Africa and the Christian world of Europe. However, the region suffered powerful storms which damaged the ships while docked.

Attempts were made throughout the centuries to create an artificial sheltered harbour which could shield boats from the storms. In the 15th century what is now the Barceloneta neighbourhood was created by reclaimed land stretching out into the sea to provide a dock and harbour front perpendicular to the existing coastline.

In the middle of Barcelona port is port vell and Maremagnum. Construction of this island shopping centre started in the 1980s and was finished for the 1992 Olympics. The whole port area was transformed from a derelict industrial port with railway lines into a public space with boulevards. Maremagnum is the only shopping complex in Barcelona that opens on Sundays due to it being exempt from the normal trading laws because of its location "in the sea"!

The Port has many old historic buildings such as the Customs office "Aduana del Puerto" dating from 1902, the clock tower "Torre del Relotge" from the 18th century, Maritime Museum (MMB) converted from medieval boat sheds, the Post Office and Telegraph Building, Christopher Columbus Tower monument "torre Colom" and Santa Maria basilica.

Metro stops that serve the port are Drassanes on the green line and Barceloneta on the yellow line.

Happy Exploring!

Forest Of Fairies Bar Barcelona

Forest Of Fairies Bar Barcelona

The Fairies enchanted Forest decorated theme bar that serves tapas and drinks.

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Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Correos Post Office Barcelona

Correos Post Office Barcelona

Barcelona's main telegraph office designed by Josep Goday i Casals and Jaume Torres i Grauin 1927. Today, a post office with spectacular main customer hall.

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Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Torre Colom Barcelona

Torre Colom Barcelona

built for the 1888 World Exposition, the Columbus Monument has an elevator to a narrow enclosed viewpoint below the crowning statue by sculptor Rafael Atche.

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Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Goleta Karya Barcelona Boat Tours

Goleta Karya Barcelona Boat Tours

A modern but vintage styled sailing vessel constructed in 2008 and providing tourist day trips and evening cruises around the port and costal area of Barcelona.

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Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Maritime Museum Barcelona

Maritime Museum Barcelona

Former shipyards of Drassanes that housed up to 30 galleys. Now the maritime museum housing a varied collection from small fishing vessels to a large royal galley.

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Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Maremagnum Shopping Centre

Maremagnum Shopping Centre

Unique shopping centre opened in 1995, built in the middle of and under jurisdiction of the port of Barcelona allows for Sunday openings of the shops.

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Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Sailboat Santa Eulalia

Sailboat Santa Eulalia

Schooner Santa Eulalia built in 1918 is restored and fully functioning sailing boat forming part of the Maritime museum collection.

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Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Our Lady Of Mercy Basilica Barcelona

Our Lady Of Mercy Basilica Barcelona

Baroque-style basilica built 1775 by architect Josep Mas i Dordal. Visits inside are free and the church is highly decorated. Guided visits also on Saturdays.

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Updated: Sep 22, 2021

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